"Preparing Students for Sustainable Careers in Energy and Facility Management and Efficient and Sustainable Buildings"
De Anza's Energy and Facility Management Program offers classes year round including the Summer session!
Our Program Focus
De Anza College offers State accredited Certificates of Achievement, Certificates of Achievement-Advanced, and Associate in Science (AS) Degrees in:
Energy Management and Building Science
Enhanced for the Fall 2018 Quarter- Our program focuses on the TECHNICAL aspects of Zero Net Energy (ZNE) building systems by utilizing sustainable building materials, energy efficient lighting, HVAC and building control systems, and by implementing green building and architectural theories, standards and principles such as passive solar design, LEED, and renewable energy generation and storage.
Additional program focus is on building code compliance, building energy audits and benchmarking, building commissioning, total cost of ownership, and individual personal skill development in program management, calculating energy management return on investment and technical report writing. Take classes in the very first USGBC LEED Platinum building in the California Community College system- The Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies- the "Building That Teaches"!!
Facility and Sustainable Building Management
Focuses on the BUSINESS aspects of making buildings productive, efficient, sustainable, and environmentally safe by implementing effective building operations and maintenance procedures, automated building monitoring and management systems, strategic facilities planning, total cost of ownership and insuring employee safety and security by overseeing and managing effective workplace communications and cross organizational collaboration
Legislation is Creating Clean Energy Jobs!
New California state laws concerning Clean Energy Generation, Emission Reduction, and Net Zero Energy Building are guiding us to live more sustainable lifestyles – particularly in the built environment. Commercial and Residential buildings are required to be Zero Net Energy (ZNE) efficient, use more sustainable materials, reduce water, waste and pollution, and create more energy from renewable energy sources such as solar and wind to offset the energy they do consume.
This legislation is also creating new, well-paid careers! Our programs can prepare you for clean energy careers and according to companies hiring our graduates, we help differentiate you from others they are considering. Students graduating with a certificate or degree from our programs find jobs in careers directly related to the degree they earned within three months of graduation. Read what the State Chancellor's office has to say about us! We have a tremendous track record of helping to place our graduates in sustainable environmental careers that pay well with leading clean tech and building management / real estate companies.
Our curriculum, faculty and hands on experiences; as well as career counseling, soft skill development, resume' and interview workshops, networking and internship opportunities set you apart when you graduate.
- Link to Energy Management and Building Science Program
- Energy Management/Building Science (EMBS) Degree Requirements- Effective Sept 2018
- Energy Management/Building Science Course Descriptions
Who Majors in and Enrolls in our Program?
Students of all academic backgrounds are welcome in our program!
Classes are designed for students of all levels and stages in their academic careers – whether they are just starting out on their career paths, in a career transition, or already in the workforce and simply looking for new skills and knowledge.
Some of our students even have four-year college or master's degrees in fields such as engineering, industrial technology and business. Looking for up-to-date knowledge and experience, our students have chosen to augment their four-year degrees with De Anza's courses in facility and energy management, sustainable buildings and renewable energy systems – so they can pursue careers in growing and sustainable clean tech industries.
Flexible Class Options
We also offer many options for students who may be looking for an additional unit or two, even after the deadline to add quarter-long courses.
We Help you Find a Great Career!
We just don't help you earn your certificate or degree and then shake your hand when you graduate.
We ACTIVELY help you find that great career opportunity you're looking for! Our faculty has decades of work experience. All of us have developed professional relationships with companies looking for well qualified and "job ready employees". We are proud of our graduates! Our students are the best endorsement and validation our program could have. Employers tell us our graduates stand out from others they are considering. They ask us for more!
Below is a list of graduates from our programs who found great career opportunities in Sustainable Building Management, Facilities, Renewable Energy, and Building Automation Systems after graduating from De Anza. Many of them come back to share with our current group of students what they do and how they got there. Get ready to scroll for awhile ;-)
SunWork- Solar Projects Supervisor
Ecology Action-Customer Relationship Manager
LYNGSO- Sustainability Coordinator- Facilities
EcoGreen Group- Managing Director
SolarCity- Field Energy Consultant
Sungevity- Project Manager
Sunrun- Sales Support Manager
Sunrun- Site Technician
City of Palo Alto-Utilities Project Manager
Sunrun- Site Technician and Permit Coordinator
SolarCity- Field Energy Consultant
De Anza College- Biology Lab Technician
Soleeva- Solar Energy Consultant
Solar Edge Technologies-Technical Support Engineer
Sunrun- Manager PV Site Modeling
San Jose Municipal Stadium-Facility Management and Field Operations
Levi's Stadium- Facility Management- Operations and Maintenance
Cushman and Wakefield- Environmental /Building Health and Safety Manager- On site @ GOOGLE
CBRE- Assistant Facility Manager- Onsite @ Cisco
Ricoh- Facility Manager/Space Planning- Onsite @ Amazon
Intel Corporation- Associate Facility Manager
Carbon Lighthouse-Field Technician- Data Acquisition Specialist
ASI Controls- Building Systems Control Specialist
Amazon Web Services-Program Manager-Customer Programs
Google- Program Manager- Program Technician- Vehicle Programs
Alpha Tech-Program Manager- Building Commissioning and Energy Efficiency
Tesla- Site Surveyor
Sunrun- Solar Surveyor
Redaptive- Senior Manager, Maintenance and Operations
CBRE- Assistant Energy Manager- Onsite at Cisco
Our list continues to grow each year!
Which Degree is Right for You?
These links may also be helpful:
- Video: Sustainable Energy Student Success Stories
- Video: Facility Management as a Career of Choice
- What is Facility Management?
Hands on Learning
In addition to classroom lecture and lab classes, our programs offer many hands on, on-the-job experiences providing students learning opportunities outside the classroom with partners in the community. Ask your instructor about current internship opportunities that might be available.